"SITUATION ALONG LAC SLIGHTLY TENSE, PRECAUTIONARY DEPLOYMENT": ARMY CHIEF
Amid border tensions with China, the situation along the Line of Actual Control or LAC is "slightly tense", Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said this morning, adding that "we have undertaken some precautionary deployments for our own safety and security". "We are sure that the problem can be resolved fully through talks," the Army chief said today.
His remarks come after the government said that Chinese troops engaged in "provocative action" at the south bank of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh last Saturday and again on Monday. China should "sincerely engage" with India to restore peace along the border through complete disengagement, the government said on Thursday.
"I took a review of the situation after reaching Leh yesterday (Thursday). I took a first hand account of the situation as I spoke to the troops. They are highly motivated... their morale is high and they are fully prepared to deal with any situation that may arise. I would like to reiterate, like always, that our officers are the finest in the world. They will make, not just the army, but the entire country proud," he said.
"The situation along the LAC is slightly tense. In view of the situation, we have undertaken some precautionary deployments for our own safety and security. These deployments, we undertook along the LAC," the Army chief added, referring to the de facto border between India and China.
High-level talks between senior military officers of India and China to discuss the border tension since last week's flare-up entered the fifth round today.
"For the last two-three months, the situation has been tense. We have been continuously engaging with China both at the military level and diplomatic level. The engagements are ongoing. We are sure, through these talks, whatever differences we have will be resolved and we will ensure that the status quo is maintained and our interests are safeguarded," General Naravane told news agency ANI.